Why This Matters
“The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.” — Gregory Bateson, An Ecology of Mind
Spotlight on Selected Posts
- What The Future of Humanity is all About: Humanity in a Nutshell
- Significant Book on how we got here and where we might go: Countdown by Alan Weisman
- Remarkable book on Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy: The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy by Lester Brown
I wrote this essay to offer some essential information about our world and the future of our species, adding my voice to the many cries of alarm over the environmental crisis (lately reaching criticality). My purpose is to present:
– a short history of our planet and the human place on it
– how recent trends toward nearly absolute market-based policy and extreme political polarization have made it all-but-impossible for the national government to effect useful, substantive change at the needed scale
– to offer some suggestions for further study and examination.
Recent political trends make it very difficult for governments to act. Worse still, they can keep knowledgeable, capable, and honest leaders from running for office in democratic governing systems around the world.
The recent national disaster across the northeastern tier of states was predicted last year, but the report offering the prediction went essentially unheeded by the government structures set up to protect us. The threats of global warming, including this specific threat, did not come up in the recent presidential debates. It is as if Hurricane Sandy decided to force the national attention on global warming in a very dramatic way.